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Archive: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

It Matters to Players

It's hard to have a rivalry when one of the teams stinks.

By Charles Mann | September 26, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Free Agency Killed Rivalries

Free agency and the more dynamic coaching carousels of the modern day have changed the employment landscape, thus altering the circumstances leading to rivalries.

By Doug Farrar | September 26, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Transience Killed The Rivalry

There's little sense of history as players and coaches jump from city to city in this money-driven, win-now-or-else league.

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2008; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rivalries Are Dying

In college football, they still know about it but in the NFL, with players moving from place to place, the heat has dissipated, like a dying asteroid.

By David Aldridge | September 26, 2008; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (2)

Rivalries over Red Herring

Rivalries are the real deal. Just ask the fans of both, the eventual 1-15 NFL team and the rival it beat at RFK Stadium on November 5, 1989.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 26, 2008; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Plaxico Should Be a Man

Maybe it was a simple mistake -- a communication error. But it's his mistake, and now he's got to take his medicine like a man.

By Keenan McCardell | September 25, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Suspension Was the Right Call

The Giants suspended Burress for a bye, and against a Seahawks team that's beatable with or without him.

By Doug Farrar | September 25, 2008; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Burress Deserved It

Burress deserves what he got. He's lucky he wasn't suspended for four games.

By Dick Vermeil | September 25, 2008; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Be Proactive, Rosenhaus

Like spanking a parent spanking a child, the team is hurting themselves more than they are hurting the player.

By Peter Schaffer | September 25, 2008; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cut Burress a Break

Burress's mistake was not returning messages because of a family matter, and that warrants a two-week suspension?

By Gene Wang | September 24, 2008; 11:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Leadership Trumps Ability

Coaches who make changes like these are looking for someone who can come in and move the team in a positive direction or at least stop the bleeding.

By Dick Vermeil | September 24, 2008; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Blame Bulger

Marc Bulger's situation is hardly his fault alone, and Trent Green's last few stops give little indication that he'll be a better alternative.

By Doug Farrar | September 24, 2008; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trent Green Isn't the Answer

A switch not made for the right reason is the one that just happened in St. Louis. Marc Bulger wasn't the Rams problem.

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2008; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not Yet Brady's Bunch

Bulger is a no brainer, but in Cleveland, Romeo's bleeding can wait.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 24, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Dissension and Dysfunction

Kiffin, Linehan could go soon but it won't do any good for either team.

By Mark Maske | September 23, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Kiffin, and "No!"

When a team gets to the point that the firing of a coach seems to be a necessity, it's rarely a cure-all.

By Doug Farrar | September 23, 2008; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Accelerated Chopping Block

Why, oh, why is the coaching carousel starting up before the month of September has ended?

By Cindy Boren | September 23, 2008; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where Lane meets Highway

Let's see, what ever happened to other young, former Raiders head coaches like Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden after they left the Silver and Black?

By Zach Leibowitz | September 23, 2008; 8:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

None of the Above

When it comes to which has game, think Monty Brewster's campaign slogan: "None of the above!"

By Emil Steiner | September 22, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Got to Believe in the Bills

With New England reeling, watch out for the Bills in the AFC East

By Les Carpenter | September 22, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Are Best of Trio

Buffalo and Tennessee are solid but you still can't trust Denver quite yet

By Mark Maske | September 22, 2008; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Mile High at 3-0

The Denver Broncos have re-emerged as an AFC title contender already.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 22, 2008; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills/Titans Yes, Broncos No

Two trends peg the Bills and Titans as the 3-0 teams to watch.

By Doug Farrar | September 22, 2008; 1:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

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